How many people can say they spent time at both the Republican and Democratic convention and came away feeling calm and recharged? Well, anyone who spent time at the Huffington Post Oasis, which was a world away from the crowds and chaos.
Big business is doing fine because big business has fixed the game: heads I win, tails you lose. Small and middle-sized businesses are not doing fine because big business has fixed the game. Heads they win, tails you don't.
Is the concept of government "of the people, by the people, for the people" -- of government working for us, accountable to us, beholden to our job-rating approval -- hopelessly old-fashioned, held only by dinosaurs like Clint Eastwood?
The one thing you can say about the whole Clint Eastwood convention episode is that it will live forever in TV replay-land. 'Doing an Eastwood' might even become a new phrase for being unprepared, for winging it -- badly.